Back to top


The State of Colorado launches

Official State Recovery Website Also Features
Informational Resources for Travelers

DENVER (Oct. 16, 2013)The recent floods in Colorado represented a logistical and humanitarian challenge, impacting 24 counties on Colorado’s Front Range and Eastern Plains. 

As the state continues to emerge from the situation, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced ColoradoUnited: an initiative designed to rally support for Coloradans and foster unity, community and collaboration as the state poises for its full recovery.

The website ( provides the latest updates, issues and progress regarding Flood Recovery to the state’s impacted communities and as a central place for those seeking to help Coloradans.

Visitors will also find the new website useful, as it features an interactive Google map that includes information about road closures, weather conditions and current traffic flow. The site also includes embedded links to traffic cams and dozens of pictures taken by the Civil Air Patrol. 

Colorado’s tourism industry is vital to the state’s recovery.  Colorado hosts more than 60 million annual visitors who bring in nearly $17 billion in visitor spending to the state.  Colorado ranks first in overnight ski visits among all domestic ski destinations, so the winter is a vital season for the state.

While Colorado is in the midst of this unprecedented recovery phase, it’s important to note that Coloradans are resilient.

  • Colorado kicked off its winter ski season on Sunday, October 13 with the opening of Arapahoe Basin. Other areas and resorts to open in the coming weeks.
  • The state of Colorado funded the reopening of Rocky Mountain National Park this past Saturday to assist the area in flood recovery and welcoming back visitors.  This was important because Colorado has the fourth most national parks in the country.

“All of Colorado is united in helping communities impacted by flooding recovery,” Hickenlooper said.  “This website puts important information all in one place and serves as a resource for people and businesses that are rebuilding.  There are also resources for those who are looking to donate or volunteer to aid in the state’s continuing recovery.”

The website was created by the Governor’s Office of Information Technology in partnership with, a Denver-based personal network between local friends to share recommendations and build community support.


About ColoradoUnited
Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Jerre Stead, executive chairman of Englewood-based IHS Inc., to be the state’s Chief Recovery Officer. The Recovery Team is working to make Colorado more innovative, safer and resilient in its infrastructure, individuals, economy, community, ecosystem and environment. The recovery effort is guided by ensuring health and safety as a priority, responding to all “asks for help”, being transparent and open in communication, planning for winter, containing costs and demonstrating fiscal responsibility. Go to for more information.